The importance of vetting before promotion
It’s now become common practice for many businesses to conduct vetting checks on potential new employees before offering them a role. The benefits of doing so are clear and include ensuring that the person is who they say they are, that they have the right to work in the country and that their employment history and qualifications are all correct.
However, after conducting an initial set of pre-employment checks many businesses stop there, and never conduct vetting checks on their employees again.
Yet, if someone has been with a company for a number of years – entering at a junior level and moving up to a more senior high-profile role, there are a number of reasons why additional background checks should be considered. Here are just a few of them.
Circumstances can change
You obviously know all about your employee’s capabilities and skills to be considering them for a promotion, but you may not know too much about the person outside of work. While vetting checks are not designed to be intrusive into someone’s personal life, they do allow you to gain more of a rounded understanding about your employee, which is particularly important if they are moving into a more senior role.
The original checks did not cover the scope of the new role
It may be that the role the person entered into had a whole host of different responsibilities to the one they will be doing now. That might mean that the vetting carried out previously did not cover some of the important aspects which may need to be covered now. This is important for roles such as those approved by the Financial Conduct Authority for which a ‘fit and proper’ test must be conducted.
It can protect your company
Finding out that someone was actually not suitable for a promotion due to something which could have been found during vetting can be highly damaging to a business. There have been many high-profile examples of this happening including the case of Charlotte Hogg at the Bank of England and all have resulted in the business facing criticism for failing to simply check beforehand.
How to carry out a vetting check on an existing employee
One of the first things you must do if you wish to carry out additional background checks on existing employees is to tell them of your intention and get their permission. While you might be in possession of all their details from their pre-background checks, every individual has the right to know and to consent to vetting being carried out.
Working with us, the vetting checks can be carried out quickly – meaning that all being well the promotion can proceed as soon as possible. Our employer-friendly portal allows you to track the progress of the check on a daily basis allowing you to keep your employee informed and to make your plans for how the business will restructure once the promotion has happened.
If you are considering an employee for promotion and would like to discuss what type of vetting check might be needed then get in touch with us today.